Delta Sigma Theta - Meet The Debutantes: Chapter's formal presentation caps sorority's 100th anniversary

Published on Saturday, 4 January 2014 21:23 - Written by Special to the Tyler Paper

The Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority culminated its Centennial celebration recently with the formal presentation of its debutantes at Harvey Convention Center

The theme was “Legacy Torch of Centennial Royalty.” Also, the debutantes were guests of honor at the Moth-er/Daughter Luncheon and church services and reception at True Vine Baptist Church, in Tyler.

The debutantes are young women who have demonstrated excellence in character, service and academics.



Jesslan Yvonne Carrol, daughter of Lesa Walker and Willie Walker, is a journalism major at Richland College.

She is a graduate of John Tyler High School where she was in volleyball, track, basketball, AVID, TCU and journalism. She received scholarships from John Tyler Booster Club and AVID.

Ms. Carrol has volunteered with Boys and Girls Club, Pam Erwin Dance Studio, Carter Blood Bank, Crystal Ball and NAACP.

As a member of Carter Temple CME Church, Ms. Carrol is in choir, usher board and serves as Sunday school secretary.

Her escort was Jalen Reagin, a sophomore at the The University of Texas at Tyler and son of Robert and Jennifer Reagin.


Kenslie Alea Dews, daughter of Tracey Dews and Ernest Dews Jr., attends the University of North Texas and hopes to become a pharmacist.

Ms. Dews is a graduate of Whitehouse High School, where she was in Business Professionals of America and graduated in the top 25 percent of her class. She received Our Lady of the Lakes Scholarship and was Honorable Mention All State in basketball. She has volunteered for the Crystal Ball for three years.

Her escort was Kimbrick Jones II, son of Katrina Nobles and Kimbrick Jones. He attends Richardson High School.


Kourtney Guthrie, daughter of Delphnie Kennedy and Troy Guthrie, attends Stephen F. Austin State University where she is in ASO and hopes to become a nurse practitioner.

Ms. Guthrie is a graduate of John Tyler High School where she was in the top 10 percent of her class, in National Honor Society, Fashion and Motion, NAACP and was selected Ms. Top Teen. She received scholarships from Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Austin Bank & Trust, Class of 2001 and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Ms. Guthrie attends New Life Community Church and participates in the choir.

Her escort was Terrance Sowells Kemp, the son of Mrs. Betty Sowells and a student at the University of North Texas.

Christa Eve Lee, daughter of Rodreck and Marcie Lee, attends The University of Texas at Arlington and hopes to become a physical therapist.

She is a graduate of John Tyler High School where she was in Leadership East Texas, band, student council and National Honor Society. She received My Mav Promise Scholarship, Charley Wooten Scholarship, Scholarship America HT and “Semper Fidelis” Award for Musical Excellence.

Ms. Lee’s community service includes East Texas Food Bank, Coats for Kids, The Salvation Army and the New Life Zoe Bookstore. Ms. Lee attends New Life Community Church.

Her escort was Xavier Edoh, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Ignatius Edoh. He attends Baylor University.


Thorndrea Dion Lewis, daughter of Thorndike and Linda Lewis, attends Tyler Junior College and plans to pursue a career in the medical field while serving in the U.S. Navy.

Ms. Lewis is a graduate of John Tyler High School where she was a cheerleader and in track, Future Business Leaders of America and a blood drive coordinator. Her service efforts include Rose City Junior Civitan, Top Teens of America, Tyler Junior Symphony League and Girl Scouts of America. She was selected Ms. Top Teen 2012 and awarded the 2012 Windsor Award.

An honor graduate, she received scholarships from Rose City Civitan, John Tyler Booster Club, Top Ladies of Distinction, Stephen F. Austin University, Certified Cashier and Certified Nurse Assistant.

As a member of Greater Saint Mary Baptist Church, she has participated in Inspirational Choir, drill team, usher board, youth ms.ion, VBS, Sunday school, District Congress and National Baptist Conventions.

Ms. Lewis’ escort was Stephen Ja’Morige Browning, a student at Eastfield Community College and son of Jacqueline Newsom and Stephen Browning III.


Vershea Mikel is daughter of Elizabeth Lacey Mikel and Walter V. Mikel and granddaughter of Dr. Versia Lacy, a founding member of the Bella Donnas and Debutantes of Tyler Alumnae Chapter.

She is majoring in nursing at El Centro Community College and plans to attend Huston Tillotson University.

Ms. Mikel is a graduate of Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas where she was in basketball, softball, volleyball, Drama Club, Student Council and National Society of High School Scholars. Her achievements include Outstanding Student Award, and Honor Roll, participation in Black Academy of Arts and Letters and later named Best Stage Manager for DISD UIL Theater competition in 2012.

Ms. Mikel attends Inspiring Body of Christ Church.

Her escort was Tamaron Stovall, a student at Texas Tech University and son of Judge and Tamara Peterson and Byron Harris.


Alysha Denise Randle, daughter of Dennis and Alyce Randle, attends Tyler Junior College and is pursuing a degree in physical therapy.

She graduated from Gladewater High School where she was in National Honor Society, GLOBE Scholar, Distinguished Achievement Graduate, Student Council, choir, cheerleader, Key Club, Golf Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes/VIBE, Tennis and UIL Current Events and theater arts.

Recognition was given to Ms. Randall for completing 13 years of school with perfect attendance. Her community service includes Cheer Knowledge Cheer Team, Full Out Cheer Team, East Texas Medical Center and Pet Pals Program, Delta Academy, Camp Fire Girls of America, Rusk State Hospital and Child Protective Services. She received awards from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, ETMC and KTBB Radio and a Red Cord Honor. She received scholarships from Garfield Hill, Weldon Alumni Association, GHS Choir Boosters, Delta Waterfowl and the National Honor Society.

As a member of Starrville Church of the Living God PGT, she is in Sunday school, choir, Food Ministry and General Assembly Church Convention.

Her escort was Joshua Cain Williams, son of Winfred and Vicky Williams, a student at Ms.issippi College.


T’Bria Rogers, daughter of Rodney and C. Rogers, is a freshman at Tyler Junior College. She hopes to join the U.S. Navy and own a barber shop.

Ms. Rogers has performed community service at the Red Rock Historical Association. She receives awards and achievements from Path Finders-Red Rock Historical Association and Bill Waters Association.

She is a member New Birth Fellowship Church in Kilgore and enjoys playing basketball, fishing and listening to music.

Her escort was Darian Vickers, son of Erin Vickers, a student at Tyler Junior College.


Kerrigan Elizabeth Sanders, daughter of Clyde Sanders and Karen Sanders, attends Texas Tech University majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in chemistry.

She is a graduate of John Tyler High School where she was in National Honor Society, AVID, Student Council, Brigadettes, softball, and Pom Squad. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her senior class and received honors for All District Academic Softball and scholarships from Alpha Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, and for being in the top 10 percent.

Ms. Sanders’ community service includes Xinos affiliated with Phi Delta Kappa, Toys for Tots, Literacy Council, Susan G. Komen race, Angel Tree, The Salvation Army, and caroling at nursing homes. She attends New Life Community Church and participates in the Praise Dance Team.

Her escort was Jose V. Garcia, son of Mr. Jose Garcia Sr., of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Reva Jones, of Tyler.


Brianna Sherfield, daughter of Ricky and Kathryn Sherfield, attends Tyler Junior college and hopes to become a nurse.

She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School where she was in band, FCCLA, HOSA, Livestrong and she was in The National Society of High School Scholars. Her community service includes ETMC, Livestrong Race and The Salvation Army.

She enjoys volunteering, community service, photography, cooking and baking.

Her escort was Christopher Mobley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mobley, a student at Tyler Junior College.